The Manor House in Mason Ohio is one of the nicest venues in Cincinnati. Over the past several years we have performed many many times in one of the Manor House’s many rooms. In fact when the owners had a party for a friend last year, we were honored to be the DJ of choice.
So what are the advantages of The Manor House? For starters it’s the perfect setting for both a ceremony and reception. Ceremonies can be held in the courtyard, the atrium, on the patio or under a gazebo. The courtyard is a beautful pathed area that winds through a wonderful garden of flowers, the courtyard makes for an amazing setting for photos as well.
The Manor House is a plantation style special event estate. A reception held here can be both elegant and fun. The rooms can be adjusted to hold very large parties or small private affairs. The staff is exceptional here.
We have provided entertainement at many recpetions here. All with different tastes and ideas for their version of the best wedding reception ever. Some examples are: Most recently an East Coast style reception for The Dragani’s, a couple from New Jersey that involved dancing between courses of the dinner. The Fluty’s a large reception that ended with nearly 200 people still on the dancefloor. Radha and Joe Weiler’s wedding and reception which featured both a Hindu and a Christian ceremony, then a great party afterwards! The reception was featured in Cincinnati Wedding Maganize August 2008.
Here are a few pictures from receptions we have done at The Manor House.
Joe and Raddah, Images By Daniel Michael
Success! A Packed Dance Floor
The Fluty Wedding
Just a couple of quick tips on Hiring a Photographer for your wedding reception. These come from my experience as a DJ and as a past groom.
- #1 Hire someone who you like as a person – Make sure you get along with this person. They are going to be next to you, around you and above you your entire wedding day. If your personalities clash you’ll end up hating them by the end of the day.
- #2 Find someone with energy – Their energy is going to rub off on you and your wedding party. Upbeat fun photographers tend to work faster and keep everyone in a great mood.
- #3 – Find someone who will give you enough hours or unlimited hours – By enough hours I mean enough so that we don’t have to rush through formailities and special moments just so they can leave the reception. I understand that they have been with you all day. I just think that changing the flow of the event in a way that negatively impacts the party, just so they can go grab a beer or catch the end of Saturday Night Live is silly.
- #4 – Compare Quality –Just because you like the first photographer you meet with do not assume their pictures will look the same as others. The differences in equipment and talent make huge differences in the final product. While most photographers display impressive shots, you will notice the difference in even the impressive shots if you shop around.
- #5 – You get what you pay for –I hate to say it but it is true. We all love to find great deals. What you should be looking for is great value. The value is in the quality of the work, the number of pictures you get and the memories that will be captured forever.
Here are a few pictures Images By Daniel Micheal sent over to us that got me thinking about this post. Keep in mind these are lower quality for the internet.
Daniel Micheal and Hey! Mr. DJ teamed up for Jeff and Chelsea's reception.
Joe and Raddah Aslo Hired Both Images By Daniel Micheal and Hey! Mr. DJ
One thing I’ve learned as a wedding entertainer is that love knows no bounds. Joe and Raddah are a perfect example of that. Raddah’s family is Hindu and Joe’s family is Christian. In spite of their cultural differences they are very much in love.
The Hindu ceremony was held in the atrium at The Manor House. The reception for their 400+ guests was just across the hallway. Here is a picture of the amazing ceremony.
The Hindu Ceremony
Raddah’s family members in the wedding party provided me with a real challange of name pronunciation. I practiced and rehearsed and I think I nailed them all, including Raddah’s dad’s name Chandron. Then to my surprise everyone else that night called Chandron by his nickname “Burt”. I had to laugh at myself.
Raddah and Joe came to us on the referral of Rob and Gina who’s wedding I did in November. Saturday Gina was the Tholee(Maid of Honor) in Rhadda’s Hindu Ceremony. Here is Rob and Gina with me Saturday.
Me, Gina and Rob
I worked with Daniel Michael from Images By Daniel Michael on this event. I love to work with Dan because he is such a great guy and has a lot of energy. He took a shot of everyone at the wedding Saturday on the dance floor which we lead into dancing. When I get a copy of that shot I’ll be sure to post it. It should be awesome.
This reception had it’s own magical moments. I made a photo slideshow for them which everyone watched during dinner. I noticed all the parents tearing up. Both Dad’s gave tremendous toasts. Joe took the microphone and had some very nice words for his mother that really brought emotion to the Mother Son Dance. We did an exciting interactive to give away the centerpieces. The crowd danced to both American and Indian music. The last dance of the night turned into a bigger highlight than normal when Joe challenged Raddah to a “Dance Off”. Raddah won and it was awesome. I then recapped the story of how Joe asked Raddah to marry him as I introduced their final dance of the evening. What a great way to end a great night. Raddah came up to me at the end, hugged me and said “People are talking about how much they loved this reception”. Joe was equally thrilled and thanked me several times for a great party.
Here are a few more pictures from Joe and Raddah’s wedding.
400 guests lots of seating cards!
Our Set-up, very clean
Joe and Raddah cut the Cake, Dan at work
Newlyweds bust a move.
Surrounded by their closest friends during the farewell dance.
Joe, Raddah and Me